Exploring ArgentinaOur Travel Guide
Kati and I love South America. We love the land, the people and the way of life. We especially love the food. If you are a meat eater, then Argentina is the place for you. It is a country that still has cowboys and the south is incredibly wild.
Officially the Argentine Republic is a beautiful country located mostly in southern half of South America. The country share the bulk of the Southern cone with Chile to the west, is also bordered by Bolivar and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, the second largest in South America after Brazil, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation by area. Is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation.
We would suggest that you take your time in Argentina. Explore Patagonia. Explore the historical Buenos Aires. Try your hand at the Tango. Lose yourself.
Argentina at a Glance
CURRENCY: The Argentine Peso is the currency of the Argentine Republic. The currency code is ARG and the symbol is $.
VISA: More than 90 countries do not need a visa for a 90 days stay, except Venezuela the duration of the visa is 60 days. Grenada, Hong Kong (with British Passport), Jamaica, Republic of Kazakhstan and Malaysia the visa is only for 30 days.
LANGUAGE: The most widely spoken language in Argentina is Spanish, but is not official according to any administration. The English is the second language.
- Sight Seeing 75% 75%
- Cost 70% 70%
- Ease of Travel 75% 75%
- Activities 85% 85%
Argentina is a large country with a rich history. Explore Patagonia. Head to the most southern city in the world. Even take off for Antarctica. Just take your time and soak up the rich culture of Argentina.
Top Experiences in Argentina
Cataratas del Igazú (The Iguazu Falls).
This imposing waterfall is divided between the Brazilian jungle that flows into the Paraná River and a large part in the province of Misiones on the Argentine side. You can decide to travel in a boat to San Martin Island, which is a great experience, but remember to wear a poncho if you don´t want to get too wet or wear a swimsuit. You can also enjoy the beautiful beaches of this island. It´s better if you can take a tour with a hotel, because the history and the size of Iguazu is very complicated, but worth going through, I assure.
Some call it “Paris of the south”, is the capital of Argentina. It is a great city. Buenos Aires is so big that is easy to get lost. If you travel here we recommend that you investigate the area well where you stay and its surroundings. Buenos Aires has 734 libraries for every 1000 inhabitants. Argentina is highly influenced by European gastronomy, but you can´t leave without trying the mate, the alfajores and the asado.
Buenos Aires is an incredible mix of many cultures. It is not difficult for you to find someone who speaks your language.
Bariloche (Rio Negro Providence).
If you are a lover of ecology, this is the first place you should visit in Argentina. Specifically Los Alerces waterfall which is 20 meter high. It is also a perfect place for ski lovers in Piedras Blancas or at the Nórdico ski center. Bariloche it is a city that has it all. If you are a beer lover you can visit the beer circuit. Here you can taste craft beer and is amazing places with live music. Open from Monday to Sunday and from February to December or if you need sun and beach, you can visit Nahuel Huapi lake, but they are not the bests beaches in Argentina.
Also called “La Docta”. If you plan to visit this spot you have to go to the Paseo del Buen Pastor. It has a beautiful history and culture. Here you can find the prison of the Good Shepherd, or what was a prison. Today it is a commercial gallery, which contains the best paintings by artists such as Manuel Cardeñosa, Emiliano Gómez Clara and Emilio Caraffa. It is a great place if you are a lover of culture and art. You can also find restaurants, wines and little souvenirs.
Cordoba is a good spot for all types of food.
It is a one of the most impressive peaks in Latin America, but you have to be prepared for the cold. Do not forget to bring your own food, as food is not sold in any part of the park. The best time to climb 7000 meters is in summer, which is where there are better weather conditions. If it is the first time that you are going to climb this mountains, we recommend that you look for professionals to guide you and advise you before you start climbing. The most used ascent point is the one by the glaciers of Polaco, but is not the only one.
By the way, Kati and I are not mountain climbers so we have not done this. But it is a popular activity in Argentina.
Train of clouds, “Tren de las Nubes”.
It´s a tourist train service. You can do the tour that leaves from Salta city and this tour includes a country breakfast. The train connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range and has incredible scenery along the way. It departs from Salta every Saturday at 7:05 and returns midnight, so you have to free up all day, but it is well worth it! You first enter the The Valle de Lerma, and then The Quebrada del Toro, before reaching the Puna. There are numerous stops along the way. Some with markets selling artisan goods and locals offering regional cuisine. We really recommend taking the Train of the Clouds.
Perito Moreno Glacier.
It is the most exotic places in Argentina. General admission cots 500 ARG, but inquire for some nationalities and children as there are discounts. If you want an even more amazing experiences and get closer to the glacier, you can hire a catamaran ride to the slopes of it. It is an unforgettable and almost unbelievable experience. You will marvel at the beauty and majesty. Also, you could go mini-trekking on the icy Summit.
If you travel to Argentina, do not skip a trip to Perito Moreno Glacier.
Argentina is a diverse country filled with sites and sounds that will steal your soul. Historic Buenos Aries. Rugged Patagonia. The impressive Andes Mountains. No one should be disappointed in an excursion to Argentina.
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